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    Frankie's Meatballs (From the Famous Rao's Restaurant in Nyc)

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    1. 1
      With your hands, combine the beef, veal, and pork in a large bowl. Add the eggs, cheese, parsley, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste and blend the ingredients together. Add the bread crumbs and blend into the meat mixture. Slowly add the water, 1 cup at a time, until the mixture is moist.
    2. 2
      Shape the meat mixture into 2 1/2 to 3-inch balls.
    3. 3
      Heat the oil in a large skillet. Sauté the whole garlic until lightly brown to flavor the oil, about 1 to 2 minutes.
    4. 4
      Remove the garlic with a slotted spoon and discard.
    5. 5
      Add the meatballs and fry in batches, being careful not to crowd the pan. When the bottom half of the meatball is well browned and slightly crisp, about 5 to 6 minutes, turn it and cook the other side for 5 minutes more.
    6. 6
      Remove the meatballs from the heat and drain them on paper towels.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 27, 2010


      Am quite impressed with how this turned out--Thankyou.

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    • on June 24, 2009


      This is exactly the recipe from Rao's (actually there is a version that specifies fresh breadcrumbs, but that is sort of a quibble). The first time I made these (from the Rao's cookbook) I was really put off by the amount of water, but forged ahead--and the results were just like the meatballs I ate at Rao's the one time I was lucky enough to eat there (I understand that now with a Rao's in Vegas, it's not so hard to experience the food, if not the NYC ambience). These are good, old fashioned Italian American "red sauce" style meatballs and we LOVE them. I bake mini baguettes, pull the bread, and we are in meatball sandwich heaven.

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    • on August 21, 2008


      These are great meatballs. But the recipe should say 2 cups of cheese and I believe it to be Locatelli Cheese but either will work. I do agree with Diana that maybe it could use some onions. I will try that next time. Also, the recipe I have (from a cooking show with the owner making the meatballs) is exactly half this so certainly cut in half without a problem.

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    Nutritional Facts for Frankie's Meatballs (From the Famous Rao's Restaurant in Nyc)

    Serving Size: 1 (1925 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 336.9
    Calories from Fat 222
    Total Fat 24.6 g
    Saturated Fat 5.5 g
    Cholesterol 79.8 mg
    Sodium 170.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    Sugars 1.0 g
    Protein 16.7 g

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    pecorino romano cheese

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